As someone with a degree in Criminal Justice, I have always been interested in the rule of law. I have been closely following the Jodi Arias case and am amazed there is a hung jury on what her punishment should be. Here’s what I know to be fact along with my thoughts in parentheses.
In June, 2007, Arias and Alexander break up but continue to see each other for sex. (For me, this blows her testimony of Travis being physically and emotionally abusive.) What did she do to avoid such a monster as Travis? She moved to Arizona, where she waited tables and cleaned his home for extra cash. She moved back to California in spring 2008.
In May, 2008, a .25 caliber gun is reported stolen from the home of Arias’ grandparents, where Arias has been staying. Guess what was used to shoot Travis? A .25 caliber gun. (thief)
On June 4, 2008, on a road trip to Utah to see another love interest (whore), Arias takes a detour to Arizona to visit the 30-year-old Alexander. Arias and Alexander have sex at his home, then take provocative photographs of each other. Arias killed Alexander during this visit. (murderer)
On June 5, 2008. she continues to Utah, where she sees her other lover.
On June 9, 2008, friends found Alexander’s body in his shower and call 911. He had been shot in the head with a .25 caliber, and stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times (psychotic). Authorities later find Arias’ hair and bloody palm print at the scene, along with time-stamped photos in a camera discovered inside Alexander’s washing machine.
On July 9, 2008, a grand jury indicts her on first-degree murder.
On July 15, 2008: Arias is arrested at her grandparents’ home. Even with the evidence of the bloody palm print, she maintains she wasn’t involved in Travis’s slaying. (liar)
On Sept. 5, 2008, She is extradited to Arizona. A public defender is later assigned to represent her.
On Sept. 11, 2008, Arias pleads not guilty. (liar) Later that month, she tells various media outlets that two masked intruders attacked her and killed Alexander. In a jailhouse interview with “Inside Edition,” Arias says: “No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.” (big-time liar)
On Oct. 31, 2008 (Happy Halloween, bitch!), Prosecutors file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. They contend Arias planned the attack and killed Alexander in a jealous rage.
In August 2010, Her lies no longer hold up, She changes her story about the killing saying it was self-defense. (pathetic liar)
On Dec. 10, 2012, Jury selection begins.
On Jan. 2, 2013: Opening statements start. Artwork drawn by Arias begins selling online. Her brother sells it so Jodi can have “better quality food”. (self-absorbed) Heaven forbid that the money go to the victim’s family to offset their travel expenses.
On Feb. 4, 2013, finally, Arias takes the witness stand. She testifies for 18 days, telling jurors that Alexander was physically and emotionally abusive. She says he turned violent the day of his death (posing and taking pictures?), forcing her to fight for her life (Travis had defensive wounds).
On March 14, 2013: A defense expert testifies that Arias suffers from amnesia (really grasping at straws here)), and says that’s why she can’t recall much from the day of the killing. Prosecutor Juan Martinez later questions the expert’s evaluation process, saying Arias was still lying at the time about having killed Alexander.
On May 2, 2013, closing arguments begin. Prosecutors maintain Arias is a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the savage attack.
On May 3, 2013, closings conclude with Arias’ lawyer imploring jurors to take an impartial view of the case and his client, even if they don’t like her. Deliberations begin.
On May 8, 2013, the jury announces its verdict: guilty of first-degree murder. Minutes later, Arias tells a Fox affiliate that she would rather get the death penalty than spend the rest of her days behind bars.
On May 15, 2013, prosecutor Juan Martinez argues during the “aggravation” phase of the trial that Alexander died an especially cruel, depraved and heinous death. Jurors agree, deciding Arias is eligible for the death penalty.
On May 21, 2013: Arias speaks to jurors and pleads with them to spare her life. (I say don’t give this cold-blooded killer what she wants) She says she’ll bring out positive change in prison if allowed to live, including helping establish prison recycling programs and wait for it -designing T-shirts to raise money for domestic abuse victims. Arias gives a series of media interviews from jail.
On May 22, 2013: Deliberations resume.
After the jury heard emotional comments last week from Travis Alexander’s family, I don’t know why this remorseless killer should not be executed for this gruesome killing. There are no mitigating circumstances. The jurors need to do the job they were sworn to do. Justice for Travis and his family hangs in the balance.